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Title: Can compassion to the self be extended to others: The association of self-compassion and other-focused concern
Authors: Dr. CHIO Hin-ngan, Floria 
Mak, Winnie W. S. 
Cheng, Regina H. L. 
Hsu, Annie Y. K. 
Kwan, Helen H. M. 
Issue Date: 2022
Source: The Journal of Positive Psychology, 2022, vol. 17(5), pp. 679-689.
Journal: The Journal of Positive Psychology 
Abstract: Although self-compassion has consistently been shown to be effective in the promotion of well-being, its effects in the promotion of compassion to others has been limited. The present study examined the causal effect of self-compassion on other-focused concern through three studies. Study 1 and Study 2 showed that a one-week practice of self-compassion was effective in the promotion of self-compassion. However, compassion to others was significantly decreased in both self-compassion and control conditions in Study 1 and it did not significantly increase in Study 2. With a didactic element added in Study 3, the cultivation of self-compassion, compassion to others, and both, significantly promoted both self- and other-compassion. However, results also indicated the stronger effects of cultivation of other-compassion or cultivation of both self- and other-compassion on other-focused concern than the cultivation of self-compassion alone and highlighted the importance of didactic element in the cultivation of self-compassion on other-focused concern.
Type: Peer Reviewed Journal Article
ISSN: 1743-9760
DOI: 10.1080/17439760.2021.1913638
Appears in Collections:Counselling and Psychology - Publication

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